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Microsoft are to address Windows privacy concerns

Published: 12/01/2017 by Comments

Microsoft are to address Windows privacy concerns

Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has had an endless stream of complaints concerning user privacy. These concerns are now being addressed as they prepare to launch the Windows 10 creators update.

Whatever you do on your computer, Windows is continuously monitoring and collecting information on you. Some of the data is used to ensure a better user experience; however the majority of the data that they collect has no effect on security measures. This is such a major issue amongst Microsoft users that the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote a very harsh editorial concerning their privacy features.

Executive Vice President of the Windows Devices Group Terry Myerson claims that Microsoft will be making sure that these issues are quickly rectified.
Some of their initiatives include a web based privacy dashboard. This will allow you to automatically see what data is being collected. Microsoft intends on enhancing this feature over time.

They are also making sure that the setup feature used to determine the data that Windows chooses to collect is simpler. The options will be easier to understand, and the interpretation of what they actually mean will be more straightforward.

Finally, the diagnostic data collection levels will be reduced down to two. Once the creators update has been run, users will have the ability to select either Full or Basic. There has been a reduction in basic level data collection, and the now only feature includes information that is crucial to the operation of Windows.

For those who are using Windows 10 without a full understanding of the privacy implications, you can visit the Windows blog post where all your concerns are being addressed by Microsoft technical experts.

The next Windows 10 upgrade has just been announced. It will be available to 400 million users in spring 2017.

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